Sseason two of Star Trek series Picard is set to arrive on Paramount + next month, but the show is still in production and it’s holding up a schedule structured to film season two and three back to back. Or that was in production until this week, when the sci-fi show paused precisely for the reason you think.
The Hollywood Reporter brought the news: “Sources say that more than 50 members of the large production were tested positive on Monday, which was the first working day after the Christmas holidays. The Patrick Stewart-led series has one of TV’s largest teams with more than 450 employees. The infections affected several zones, including cast in zone A. “Trade also noted that production is expected to resume next week,”if not before, though the details remain in limbo. “
Deadline soon released its own report on the story with more information, namely that lead actor Stewart was not among Picard cast and crew that tested positive for the virus. It also added that Los Angeles-based the show was in production on season two at the time of the shutdown.
Given the state of the world and the rapid spread of the highly contagious omicron variant, this news is not very surprising – welcome to HOllywood is new usually during these pandemic times–even the clean the number of positive test cases, especially now that the industry has wide adopted strict covid protocols, still is sensational. Presumably, this production cut will not affect next month’s season two premiere, though it has not yet been announced on that front.
In addition to Stewart, Picard also stars Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady, and Brent Spiner.
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